Methods and standards / Standards and Classifications
The fundamental objective of statistical standardisation is to contribute to the creation of a coherent statistical system, with concepts, variables and classifications harmonised on a national and international level. Thus, reliable and comparable information in relation to the different sector fields and relevant topics for statistical analysis is guaranteed. Statistical classifications are a fundamental standardisation element.
The Law 12/1989, of 9 May, on the Public Statistical Services (BOE 11-05-1989), in article 26 shows that suggestion of rules on concepts, definitions, statistical units, classifications, nomenclatures and codes for the classification of data and the presentation of results corresponds to the INE .
In the international scope, classifications are the responsibility of different bodies (Eurostat, UNESCO, etc).
In order to aid statistical use of information provided by citizens and companies to the different public administrations, it is a good idea for definitions and encoding of certain variables to always be the same. In order to achieve a gradual standardisation, the variables of statistical interest for which a standard list is available will be added on this page.